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How can a good God exist when there is so much evil in the world?

Dr. Christine Bochen discusses how can a good God exist with so much evil in the world. She explains you first need to make clear what you are thinking of when evil comes to mind, and figure out what triggered the question. She adds that this question asks how a person imagines God. Dr. Bochen concludes that this leads her to look at the evil that is of human doing, and point out that it is not God that is the cause, but rather human choices.

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Playing Time: 7:39 minutes

About the Interviewee:

Dr. Christine Bochen is the William H. Shannon Chair in Catholic Studies and professor of religious studies at Nazareth College in Rochester, NY. She received her doctorate from the Catholic University of America and studies and teaches Roman Catholic theology, feminist theology, American religions, and spirituality with an emphasis on the works of Thomas Merton. Dr. Bochen is a founding member and past president of the International Thomas Merton Society. She is well known for her many publications on Merton.

About the Interviewer:

Dr. Alfred Benney is a professor of Religious Studies at Fairfield University. He has a Ph.D in Theology from the Hartford Seminary Foundation and teaches courses in Non-Traditional American Religions and Christian Religious Thought. His research interests include "how people learn"; "the appropriate use of technology in teaching/learning" and "myth as explanatory narrative". He has published work on teaching with technology.

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